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July News and a new live album!

Well hello, July

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I hope you are staying well and doing alright. Time seems to be doing a funny dance these days… I have slowed down and stayed in one place, and yet I can’t believe it’s already July! I am so grateful for all of you who have tuned in to my online musical mischief and supported me from afar. Here’e what’s going on…

Well I’m having a blast making things for my Patreon peeps! Have you signed up yet? Patreon is the best way you can support my work these days and keep up with all that I’m doing and making. It’s like a subscription to my music and poetry, and I am releasing one new song and one new poem each month exclusively to this group. Plus we have Zoom visits sometimes and I know everyone is sick of the computer but I truly have so much fun every time we gather! You can join for as little as $1 a month, or for as much as you like! If you connect with my music and my work, I hope you’ll come and join us. This group is sustaining me and my work, giving me focus, and keeping spirits high, and I hope we can keep growing! Click here to go to my Patreon page. 

We had a wonderful time with our Women, Nature and Song all day songwriting Zoom retreat! I am so grateful to Kathy and Gi for hosting the event, and for the creative, funny, inspiring women who came together and made it so special. Speaking of Zoom workshops, I am honored to have been invited by the Portland Folk Music Society to lead a workshop on dynamics on July 15 at 4 pm Pacific! Here are the details:

Wed, July 15 – SongMapping: The Power of Dynamics – A Performance Workshop. Hosted by the Portland Folk Music Society via Zoom  Have you ever stood back and thought of a song as a whole?  Where are the high points and low points? Which moments contain the most potential for expressing emotion?  We will look at songs to see how to use dynamics – where to get loud, where to get soft, where to pause, where to breathe — to engage listeners and tell a compelling story. Open to all but space is limited. 4 pm Pacific time. The cost for this 90-ish minute workshop is a suggested donation of $15 (but pay what you can, no judgment!) Please donate early to reserve your spot. When you make your donation, please write “Beth Wood Workshop” in the notes section. Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/bethwoodmusic or Venmo: @bethwoodmusic

 

I have so BIG NEWS about a new release! You may remember me going on and on about how much I looooove playing the concert series called Home By Dark in Georgia. First of all, their motto is “A song can change your life.” AMEN!! How many times has statement rung true in my own life? Too many times to count! This beautiful series has grown from a songwriter-in-the-round on top of hay bales with an audience of 30 to a huge state of the art stage production with the best backing band in the country and beautiful sound and lights in a spectacular outdoor setting with thousands of seats filled every year, many of which are filled by loyal season subscribers who come to every show. I am so honored that I got to play that first Home By Dark show way back when, and I have played the series every year since. For some reason they keep inviting me back?!? James and Karen Casto and the band of James, Jim Hettinger, Steve Cunningham, Matt Blanchard, Mike Shetler, Carole Ford and Vanessa Connor have become family, and our shows are a reunion I look forward to every year. I have always thought hmmmm…wouldn’t it be cool to release an album with the Home By Dark band backing me up?? Well, thanks to James Casto, now that dream has become a reality! James has chosen some of our favorite moments over the years and compiled them into an ambum. The CDs are on their way to me now!! If you would like to order one, click here and I will send you one as soon as I get them. It will be available for download and streaming on July 20. I LOVE SINGING WITH THIS BAND! The energy, musicianship, trust, comraderie are out of this world.  Can’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s a little taste of what a Home By Dark show is all about…

home by dark with beth wood / easy on me (full version)

I loved hosting a Sunday morning “music church” livestream last week with my friends Chris Kokesh and Gentle Thunder as special guests! You can still watch it here in case you missed it. Please note there are two parts as we had a little technical glitch that we quickly renamed an ‘intermission’. 🙂  I’m thinking of doing more of these livestream concerts as I just love getting to hear my friends and share them with folks who might not have heard them yet! I love weaving in poetry and conversation and and songs into a time of reflection and celebration. I think I will choose a different time because Sunday morning is such a busy time for streaming. Going forward I’m going to call it “Joyful Measures” and I can’t wait to have more special guests! Are there any special guests you would like to see? I will keep you posted.

Bailey was so helpful at my first Zoom songwriting retreat! 

I shared a new poem on Patreon this week about these froggies that live around here. These cute little guys are everywhere and they sing so loud! 

We had a grand adventure in the Alvord desert in Eastern Oregon a few weeks ago. Part of our time spent there was out on the playa, a six mile wide dried up lake in the shadow of Steens mountain… shooting footage for a music video! (stay tuned…) It was breathtaking!

And this happened the other night when I was driving home… so perty!

 

Thank you for reading and for being a part of my creative journey. I am sending you good wishes from my little abode in Sisters. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

 

June newsy news is here!

Hello, June…

Friday, May 29, 2020

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We’re ready for you!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

I hope you are doing alright and staying healthy. It’s finally starting to warm up here, and it feels like foreshadowing for better days ahead!

I am sending a little love blast your way and a little news of a few fun things coming up.

Some good news…I’ve been so blown way by your support on Patreon! It truly is the best way to keep up with what I’m creating. I send out a new unreleased song and a new poem each month, and we do Zoom concerts and gatherings, too! It’s like a backstage pass to my work. 🙂 You can join for just $1 a month, or for as much as you like! This is the future for independent artists. Special thanks to all 78 of you who have joined so far. I hope you’ll join me!

Fun things coming up soon…

Sat, May 30 – Youtube Watch Party – A BW and Edie Carey Concert at Swallow Hill Music in Denver! We will premiere the video of our concert at that beautiful listening room. It was one of those magical nigths that had us floating in the clouds for days. The amazing John Standish joined us on piano and we got do so some harmonies…so dreamy! If you have never heard Edie sing, you are in for a treat and you will wonder what took you so long! You don’t have to have a Youtube account to watch, but you do if you’d like to chat with us in the comments. It is free to set up a Youtube account. Hope you will join us to relive it! At 6 pm Pacific Time.

Sat, June 20 – Women, Nature and Song: A Zoom Retreat! BW will be leading us in a songwriting workshop retreat via ZOOM! We will observe, listen, write, share, and learn from each other, while being inspired by nature, music, and community. All levels of songwriting experience welcome! We will have a Song Circle in the evening of Saturday June 20th and a special Sunday Morning Offering led by Beth. Cost is sliding scale of $20 – $50. Please send via paypal to Kathy@kathymarshallmusic to reserve your spot! The retreat will be 10 am to 9 pm Saturday with lots of breaks, and from 10 am- 1 pm on Sunday.

Sun, June 21 – BW Livestream “Music Church” Concert – In honor of Women, Nature and Song, BW will host a morning program of songs and poetry to lift our hearts and celebrate the beauty all around us! Open to all, donations accepted but not required. 10 am Pacific time. You can watch here on BW’s Facebook music page! (no Facebook account required to watch)

Sat, June 27 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Livestream House Concert! I love playing at Little Tree, and this time I’ll be playing from my house! Our host Joe has graciously moved his concerts online and as usual he has made it so easy and fun. He even sent me the recipe for the rum cake he always makes for his house concerts! (hopefully the rum will make it into the cake, ha!) This online concert is by sliding scale donation. Tickets are $12+ I hope you’ll join us! 6 pm Pacific Time. More details about how to watch will be listed here. 

And more good news…the Sisters Folk Festival Bandwagon is still going strong… look, we made the paper! 


And here’s local legend Dennis McGregor and Benji Nagel spreading some home grown tunes right in front of Benji & Caris’s farmstand!


Here’s a little song that I recorded back in 2014 for “Sometimes Love” that has been tapping me on the shoulder lately. I looked outside my window and the light was so beautiful. The golden hour. I rushed outside and made this video.

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This was my set up for the FB Livestream concert I did on my almost birthday! You can watch it here.


This girl is always ready for adventure!


I hope you are getting outside and taking good care and doing things that lift your spirits. I know it sounds simple, but singing always makes me feel better, so I’ll just keep doing that no matter what. Please know that you are on my mind and in my walking prayers. As always, I love hearing from you, so holler at me if you feel moved to do so.  Thank you for walking alongside me on my musical journey! With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

May is my favorite…we need joyful news!

May, you are my favorite.

Friday, May 1, 2020

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Thanks for the flowers!

Greetings, friends and fellow music-lovers — and hello from beautiful central Oregon! I am so grateful for these gorgeous spring days. Each drop of sunshine and each flower feels like a little love note, and I love the spirit-lift I get from walking outside. I hope you are in good spirits and staying healthy.

I wanted to check in and send you a little love blast. My monthly newsy newsletter is a ritual I enjoy…even though the newsy news looks different these days. Here are couple of fun events coming up!

On Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th, our friends at Artichoke Music are going to broadcast a show I did there with my good friend the great Tom Faulkner on their Facebook page!! Tom is one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the history of ever, and I have so much fun sharing the stage with him. We have played lots in Texas, and it was a dream of mine for my friends in Oregon to hear Tom. So a couple years ago he came up for a few NW shows, and this Artichoke show was just the warm Oregon welcome I had hoped for for my friend Tom! We can’t wait to re-live this wonderful evening with you on FB live! We’ll be there commenting and chatting and making fun of each other both nights. 🙂 7:30 pm Pacific time on Sun and Mon. Thank you to Artichoke Music for this special treat! So here’s the scoop… and a fun promo video we made. 

beth wood & tom faulkner livestream from artichoke trailer

And on Thursday, May 21 at 5 pm Pacific time I will play a live streaming concert in celebration of my almost-birthday! You can attend the concert on my Facebook music page, and then we will have a special Zoom backstage after party with Patreon folks. I am still learning about Zoom and FB Live and streams and upload speeds and delays and microphones, oh my! But I will do my best to make it a fun event and I hope you’ll join me. It lifts my spirits every time I sing and especially when I sing for you! Please feel free to email me with your song requests at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com! 

Y’all, I am so excited about my growing Patreon community! Patreon is a new subscription platform that allows you to directly support your favorite artists while connecting with them and gaining access to exclusive content. I share a new song and a new poem each month to my Pateron subscribers, and we had our first Zoom gathering for a few tunes and some much needed connection last week. It was so fun! It has been significant for me in a couple of ways. Firstly, it is a way to continue making a living. And secondly, it has shifted my daily mindset. Now when I get up in the morning, instead of thinking, “what should I do today?” my first thought is, “what can I make today?” It’s a significant shift, and I love how it feels to be creating and sharing! Special thanks to the 57 brave souls who have join me in this adventure. I hope you’ll consider joining us! I made a little video about it here…

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Oh my GOSH y’all, we had so much fun with the inaugural run of the Sisters Folk Festival bandwagon this week! We borrowed a flatbed trailer and set up a PA and drove around our town while I played some tunes…free delivery of home grown music…all while keeping safe and social distancing! It was so wonderful to see all the smiles and waves and majestic mountains in the background and the bicycle parade that rode along behind us! It lifted my spirits so high to spread some joy through music, and I’m still fying high! The Bandwagon has no schedule or agenda, other than celebrating a beautiful afternoon, in our beautiful community, with some beautiful music…to help cure the Quarantine Blues! So be on the lookout for some more free song delivery soon! Special thanks to Brad for driving and to Dave and Dennis support and to Jeff and Chris at Ponderosa Forge & Ironworks Inc. for letting us use their trailer and to Rick Gerraths for the sweet generator to power the amp!




And I had a blast singing and talking with my friend Bob Hemenger’s Pagosa Springs high school class via Google Hangouts!


Oh this rainbow girl… 🙂 Some folks said it looks like she’s levitating! Can you see it? Angel-dog. 


Here’s a video I recorded in front of my new place in Sisters.. I was thinking about how this song used to mean one thing, and now it means something different. Funny how songs grow and change that way…

go now

And finally, here’s a little poem inspired by these beautiful flowers…


These little guys are everywhere,

growing out of sand, gravel,

barely as big as my thumb.

There is wisdom here if I quiet

my thinkingmind so loud and

insistent at times, like thunder.

Even when I can’t find my purpose,

this is always true: grow no matter

where planted, reach toward the

light, let weather pass, shine. 

Please know that you are on my mind and in my walking prayers. As always, I love hearing from you, so holler at me if you feel moved to do so. Either way, I’m so grateful for you! 

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Launching my Patreon community!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! Now is the time to get creative as we adjust to our changing world. So in that spirit I have some big news…I am launching something new and I would like to invite you to join me! Today I am starting a Patreon community, which is like a subscription to my music/poetry/creative output! I made a video about it here…

an invitation to try something new with me

and you can read more about it on my Patreon page here. If you are moved by my music and you value my work in the world, this is a great way to support what I do and keep it going! This community will be where I share new work, host live online concerts and discussions exclusive to the community, and it’s the best way to stay up to date with the music and poetry I make! I will still create albums and books to share with the world, but I will share works to the Patreon community that may never be released to the world. And I am excited to get your input and feedback as I share works in progress! 

Patreon is a monthly subscription service, and you can choose what level at which you are comfortable contributing. Everyone who joins will get access to all the same stuff no matter what level you choose. And for some levels I’ll make you something extra and personal to you! Some of you have been reaching out asking how you can help during this uncertain time. Patreon is a great way! 

This is something new for me and I’m know I’m going out on a limb here. But it’s time to adapt and change to a world where touring is not an option and CD sales have evaporated, and I still feel called to make music and poetry and share it in a meaningful exchange. If you have any questions, please let me know? And one more thing, you can change your subscription amount or cancel at any time. So…wanna try something new with me?

April news and an invitation to try something new!

What day is this?

Tuesday Mar 31, 2020

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March 87th?

Hello, friends – and greetings from a beautiful on-and-off snowy day in central Oregon. I want to send out another love blast to you from my heart. It has warmed and comforted me so much to hear from you, and to know that you are out there. Thank you to everyone who has reached out from far and wide! It has never felt more meaningful to connect than it does right now, and I am finding much gratitude in that. 

Tomorrow is moving day, and I am so excited to move in to my new place in Sisters. This dream has been percolating for a while, and I am grateful for the opportunity to nest in a place that resonates with my spirit. It feels surreal to move during this time, but onward we must go. 

Speaking of onward, now is the time to get creative as we adjust to our changing world. So in that spirit I have some big news…I am launching something new and I would like to invite you to join me! Today I am starting a Patreon community, which is like a subscription to my music/poetry/creative output! I made a video about it here…

an invitation to try something new with me

and you can read more about it on my Patreon page here. If you are moved by my music and you value my work in the world, this is a great way to support what I do and keep it going! This community will be where I share new work, host live online concerts and discussions exclusive to the community, and it’s the best way to stay up to date with the music and poetry I make! I will still create albums and books to share with the world, but I will share works to the Patreon community that may never be released to the world. And I am excited to get your input and feedback as I share works in progress! 

Patreon is a monthly subscription service, and you can choose what level at which you are comfortable contributing. Everyone who joins will get access to all the same stuff no matter what level you choose. And for some levels I’ll make you something extra and personal to you! Some of you have been reaching out asking how you can help during this uncertain time. Patreon is a great way! 

This is something new for me and I’m know I’m going out on a limb here. But it’s time to adapt and change to a world where touring is not an option and CD sales have evaporated, and I still feel called to make music and poetry and share it in a meaningful exchange. If you have any questions, please let me know? And one more thing, you can change your subscription amount or cancel at any time. So…wanna try something new with me?

I had so much fun playing my first live streaming concert the other night! Connor Garvey put together a live streaming event called Cover Your Friends where we all played songs written by our friends. It is still up on my Facebook music page if you want to take a listen. Just go to the Videos section and click on the one with the yellow shirt. I loved seeing everyone’s name scroll by as I was singing my friends’ songs! 

I’ve got another live streaming concert coming up on Sunday, April 12 at 11 am Pacific as part of Shut In and Sing: An Easter Celebration! Featuring Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Lenesha Randolph, The McCrary Sisters, and lol ol me! I will play at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern. You must buy a ticket to access this event. Entry fee is Pay-What-You-Can! PLEASE NOTE: Because there are 5 acts that day, and because of the alphabet, my name does not show up in the title for this event, but trust me, I’m playing! I PROMISE. (If you’re not sure where to go, simply go to www.stageit.com and do a search for my name.)

And I’m exicted to do my own live streaming concert of BW songs soon…song requests are welcome! Stay tuned for the when and where…gotta move all these boxes first…I will keep you updated by newsy newsletter and on FB and Instagram.

Until next time, I’ll leave a poem for you at the end. May we all stay well and safe and may we stay connected and nourished in this strange time. Thanks for reading and for checking in.

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 9775 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

A love blast for you…and a new song!

A little love blast…

Wednesday Mar 18, 2020

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from me to you.

Dear friends,

I want to take this moment to send some love and light out to you. These are strange and challenging days indeed. It is clear that the best way we can help each other is to stay apart for the time being, and that is unsettling to say the least. 

I believe that we will come together and help each other, as we always do when things get tough. I am wishing you health and peace and well-being. Now is a great time to reach out to our community and to connect. Now is a great time to get creative.

I want to let you know that my gigs/workshops/events in March and April are canceled or postponed. We are working hard to reschedule things so stay tuned. I look forward to a time when we can gather together again to share in song and story and poetry. In the mean time, I want to let you know about a really fun online interview I will be doing tomorrow, Thursday, March 18 at 10 am PST! My friend David Lamotte has invited me to be his guest on his new web series called “Sustaining Our Spirits”. It will be an hour-long conversation about life and resilience and creativity with some songs and poems and laughter thrown in. I first knew David when I lived in North Carolina as part of the Asheville singer-songwriter community. His music is like a warm flannel shirt, as is his spirit. His writing is insightful and light-giving. David is also an author, speaker, and leader in the world of peace work. He does not shy away from tough things. He builds community. He is an excellent dad and husband and a good friend. I know you’ll love him as much as I do if you don’t already so I hope you’ll tune in! I’m absolutely certain it will lift our spirits. 

You can join us here on CrowdCast at 10 am PST!

Or you can watch on Facebook Live here.

I will reach back out soon when I have more good news to share! In the mean time, here is a little song I wrote for Bailey that I hope will bring a smile.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

As always I love hearing from you. May we all be well and stay connected. With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

All the March Newsy News is here!

March, get over here, will ya?

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

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and bring us some spring!

Thank you Scott Docherty (above) and Elizabeth Campbell (below) for the great photos from Winterfolk!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Here we are at the end of February looking right down the road at spring. It will be here before we know it! Here’s what’s coming up…

Feb 29 –  Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio – Bend, OR

March 27-29 – Singtime Frolics Retreat – Corbett, OR

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to Tom May and all the wonderful folks who came out in support of Winterfolk in Portland. We had a grand time and raised money for JOIN Portland, and organization the helps people transition out of homelessness. And special thanks to Bridie and Cindy and Mark and all the wonderful staff and loving audience at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro! We had a great time and marveled at such a beautiful venue. Thank you Mary and the Wild Women Society for inviting me to be your special guest artist. It was a nourishing and inspiring day! 

2. THE NEWSIt is a rare occurance, but I don’t have any shows coming up in March. But the timing couldn’t be better as I am planning for the first Sisters Songworks writing retreat in April AND getting ready to move in to my new place in Sisters! THANK YOU so much to everyone in Sisters and Bend who kept their ears and eyes open and asked around about places to rent. I feel like it was a community effort and sure enough, I connected with my new place through a friend and soon-to-be-neighbor (thank you, Paul!). I’m a little bit excited if you can’t tell!!

One thing I DO have coming up in March that I am very excited about is the Singtime Frolics retreat at the beautiful Menucha Conference center in the gorge! Singtime Frolics is the Portand Folk Music Society’s annual retreat and a spring weekend of singing, jamming, learning and sharing. There will be song circles, late night jams, shared meals, workshops, concerts by lil ol me and by participants — a true celebration of community through song. The dates are March 27-29. Please check out the Singtime Frolics website here for info. We hope you will join us!

It has been so amazing working with The Lullaby Project, and we have our recording session coming up in Portland this month. The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be are creating personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future. I got a chance to meet Bekah and Kenny and write a song with them for their kids. It was inspiring and challenging and heart-opening. We wrote a song called “As Beautiful As You Are” and we will be performing it along with the other songwriters and musicians performing their songs on April 28 at the Old Church in Portland. The community concert will be free and open to all!

I was so honored and excited to be featured by the blog Americana Highways this past month! We shot two videos at Tyler Fortier’s studio (a/k/a the Little Orange Room) as part of the Little Orange Room Sessions series. Then Tyler asked me a bunch of really interesting questions about songwriting and I tried my best to answer them by email in my jammies. Click here to read the interview!

 Here is the video we made for my new song “The Speed of Lonely”

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and the video we made for my song “Go Now” from my latest album, “The Long Road”

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Another cool piece of news…the wonderful collaboration project that I’ve been a part of called The Nature of Gratitude has been featured on A Network for Grateful Living in their Grateful Changemakers series! It is so fun to see our little project lovingly founded by Eric Alan and Tom Titus get such a beautiful write up and interview on a website that has over 462,000 page views a month and 65,000 e-letter subcribers! I’m so grateful to be a part of this rewarding collaboration with so many amazing artists. We are excited to bring the Nature of Gratitude to Bend in May thanks to the Deschutes Public Library. More details on that soon…

In other exciting news, I mailed the first draft of my next poetry book to Mezcalita Press! The working title for this one is “Believe the Bird” and its theme is the stories we tell ourselves, the ones we use for survival and for spirit food. It’s about deciding which stories serve us and letting go of the ones that don’t. I am excited to watch this book take shape and launch it into the world!

And finally if y’all are free on Saturday, Feb 29 and want to listen to some radio, I am excited to be the special guest on Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio. Hosted by Rick Miller, Lynn Bancrof and Dennis Plant, Center Stage on KPOV showcases local and regional artists. Each week an artist will be featured along with songs and musicians who influence their musical style. Listen live at KPOV 88.9 FM on local radio or stream show live at www.kpov.org or from Tune-in app. FREE – it’s radio!

So much fun singing for a packed house at Winterfolk!

and ya know I can’t help myself cuz she’s the cutest cutie pants in the world…this one is called “How Can You Just Sit There While There Are Treats in the Cabinet?”


As always, thank you for reading, for supporting my creative journey, and for cheering me on. Much more magic to come!

With much gratitude from your fan,

 
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Down the road a piece…

Apr 6 – Songwriters In the round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore @ Artichoke Music – Portland, OR

Apr 17-19 – Sisters Songworks Writing Retreat – Sisters, OR

Apr 18 – Songworks in the Round @ The Belfry – Sisters, OR

Apr 28 – The Lullaby Project Community Concert @ The Old Church – Portland, OR

May 8-9 – Private Event

May 11 – Phenomenal Woman @ The Lake Theater & Cafe – Lake Oswego, OR

May 16 – The Nature of Gratitude – Bend, OR

June 20-21 – Women, Nature & Song Retreat – Veneta, OR

June 27 – Little Tree Acoustic Concerts – Lafayette, CO

July 11 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO

July 16 – Stand and Sway @ Telluride Americana Festival – Telluride, CO

Aug 11-14 – Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp – Philomath, OR

Welcome, February…short and yet mighty!

Hey Feb,

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020

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it still feels weird to write 2020.

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers –

Here we go into 2020 for real! What a joyful time it has been diving into deep hibernation and introspection. I am so excited to see what this new year will bring. In the mean time, here is what is coming up in February…

Sat, Feb 1 – 32nd Annual Winterfolk – Portland, OR. At Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Winterfolk, Portland, Oregon’s largest annual folk music event, a benefit for JOIN, is celebrating its 32nd Anniversary. Winterfolk is one of those rare expressions of giving which brings disparate parts of our area together, in the common celebration of music and caring- and a sure knowledge that every dollar raised at the door goes to the folks it is intended to help. JOIN is an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing, throughout the Portland metro area. Performers include Tracy Grammer, Kate Power/ Steve Einhorn, Sky in the Road, Jim Page with Billy Oskay, Kim Stafford, Tom May and Friends, and BW. Doors at 6/Music at 7. $30 Advance/$32 Day of Show. Minors welcome when accompanied by an adult. 

Fri, Feb 21 – Stand & Sway at Walters Cultural Arts Center 2019-20 Concert Series – Hillsboro, OR. 527 E. Main Street. Since the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center opened in 2004, we have offered a wide variety of enrichment experiences to the Hillsboro community. Thousands of visitors have attended art exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, and other special events. Many people have rented our facility for weddings, holiday parties, fundraising auctions and other special events. Stand and Sway is delighted to be a part of the Walter Cultural Arts Center’s 2019-2020 Concert Series! With the great Steven Skolnik on percussion. $18 adv/$22 at the door. 7:30 pm. 

Sun, Feb 23 – Wild Women Society Gathering – Portland, OR. Multnomah Arts Center Auditorum, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. The Wild Women Society brings together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care. With guest speaker Heidi Berkman, founder and presidnt of The Bloom Project, nonprofit organization that takes flowers destined to be discarded and repurposes them to hospice patients. Guest music by BW. $25 per Wild Woman/$30 per Wild Woman at the door the day of the party. A portion of each paid door fee directly supports our WildChild Program. 1-4 pm.

GRATITUDE…I’m so incredibly grateful to my friend David Stoddard! We have such a blast playing music together and I am always so blown away by the generous folks in Minnesota who welcome me with open arms and support our concerts. Thank you Dave for years of friendship and inspiration. Thank you Judy for the snow boots and warm socks and legit coat! Thank you to the Wicklunds and Fergus friends, to all the wonderful folks at the Granite City Folk Society, to Chuck and Jane and all who braved the weather and tuned in online, and to Al and Beth and friends. It was a great trip with new friends and also the coldest I have ever been in my life! One morning the widn chill said -37. EEP!

THE NEWS…I am continuing to build my new life in central Oregon, and I’m so energized and excited. Several folks have reached out about lessons and I’m having a blast with that. If you would like to work on singing or guitar or songwriting or performing, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com. And if you don’t live in central Oregon, perhaps we could skype!? I am hoping to have a space in Sisters soon where I can offer lessons so I will keep you posted on that.

Speaking of Sisters, I am so thrilled that folks signed up for the first Sisters Songworks writing retreat in April!! This is a dream weekend for me and I am so excited to plan and host this event. Tom Kimmel and Anna Tivel are two of the finest humans I know and a dream team for sure! In these next two monts I will be in serious dreaming and planning mode. It is fun to engage in this kind of large-scale creativity! Can’t wait to see what magic will unfold. 

And still speaking of Sisters, do you know anyone who has an apartment or cottage or lil cabin to rent to a very responsible folksinger and a big brown dog? Holler at me if you do?!

For performances coming up, I am thrilled to be a part of the 32nd year of Winterfolk at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Feb 1. Tom May does such a wonderful job of pulling the community together to celebrate music an help support our neighbors through JOIN, an organization pledged to assist folks find and maintain housing throughout the Portland metro area. It is a great cause and will be a great evening of music! We are also excited to do our first Stand and Sway concert at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro! It looks like a gorgeous venue and we can’t wait to make some music with Steven Skolnik there. I hope you will join us for a night of harmony and poetry and foot-stompin mountain-sized joy! And I’m excited to be the special musical guest at the Wild Women Society gather in Portland on 2/23! The Wild Women Society brings together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care. That sounds like a big YES to me!

Speaking of big YES, I have been saying yes lately to things that sound soul-feeding, challenging, or heart-opening, or all of the above. One of those all-of-the-above things has been the invitation to be a part of the Lullaby Project with the Oregon Symphony. The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. The Lullaby Project works in close partnership with Portland Family Housing Solutions, a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless families with children to get back into stable, long-term housing. We had our orientation and our first creative session last month, and I must say I am so humbled and delighted and blown away by PFHS and by the dedicated folks that are a part of this project! I got to meet a wonderful mom and dad and hear their family’s story, and together we wrote a lullaby for their children. It was such an amazing experience to witness their bravery and vulnerability in telling me their story and trusting me in helping to write a song! Next up, we will be recording all of the lullabies with members of the Oregon Symphony, and then on April 28 we will have a concert celebrating all of the lullabies at the Old Church! I hope you will consider joining us!

Another thing I said YES to was leading middle schoolers in a creative writing workshop. I was a little nervous but we had so much fun I could hardly believe it. Even the most shy kids lit up when we started making up silly stories. We wrote a beautiful song together, and I also learned about super penguins (regular penguins with extra powers), which I had not been aware of. 🙂 I really believe that creative writing is for everyone and I would love to do more of this!!

And even more YES, I was so delighted by the invitation to be the guest artist and lead workshops at this year’s Singtime Frolics weekend on March 27-29! Singtime Frolics is the annual singing retreat of the Portland Folk Music Society and is held at the beautiful Menucha Conference and Retreat Center in the Columbia gorge. We will spend the whole weekend singing and delighting in the joy and community of singing! 

Speaking of more YES, I think I will start a new section in my newsletter called More Yes. 🙂 To be continued…

This is pretty much how the whole week went with Dave Stoddard in Minnesota, except for the parts where I was running from the indoors to our car and then from our car to the indoors. The warmth of Minnesota folks makes up for the insane cold fo sho!

Um, seriousy y’all. This was the temp one morning when I woke up.


 This cutie pie Lola was complete undeterred by the raging snowstorm outside the Folk House concert. She takes her job of crumb cleaner/plate licker very seriously. When I sang, “Lo-lo-lo-la-Lola” to her, this is the look she gave me.


This is Coop, official greeter of Old Kitchen Rug House Concerts. Melting hearts consistently for many years now. 

Speaking of melting hearts, it is hard to believe but this week marks mine and Bailey’s one year anniversary of being together!! I am so grateful for all the joy and fun and love and adventure she has brought to my life. Cheers to this cutie pie sweet being and here’s to another many years together!

I am so grateful to you for reading my musings, for cheering me on, for walking with me every step of my creative journey. Hope to see you out there soon! With much gratitude from your fan,
 
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

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New year, new chapter!

Welcome home, 2020…

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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I’ve been dreaming of you!

 (thank you Michelle McAfee for the photo!)
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
As we are rounding the corner on this year and this decade, I want to send my warm wishes and deep gratitude out to you. What a year, what a decade it has been! Thank you for being part of my journey and for walking with me every step of the way.
I am so excited for a new chapter, a new season even though I don’t know yet what it will all look like! I am excited for the turning of the page. I know that I must step, and then the ground will appear. In my new vision, I won’t be touring as much and I will be building a life in my new home of central Oregon. I am so energized by collaborating, building and serving community, creating, and instigating creativity in others, and I plan to focus on all those things while still writing, recording and performing when it feels right.
There are many things taking shape in 2020 that I am SO EXCITED about! Here are a few…
–A handful of shows in January with my good friend David Stoddard. We always have so much fun and I am inspired by my friend every single time. Dave has promimsed me a warm car at all times so we’ll see if he can deliver! Here’s where we’ll be…these concerts check out my website tour page for details and come see us!
Wed, Jan 15 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN
Thu, Jan 16 – Granite City Folk Society – St Cloud, MN
Fri, Jan 17 – Folk House – Golden Valley, MN
Sat, Jan 18 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN
Sisters Songworks. Sisters Folk Festival’s first annual Sisters Songworks Writing is an intimate and intensive weekend writing retreat in beautiful Sisters, Oregon celebrating and exploring the art of songwriting in community. Sisters Songworks is an immersive songwriting and poetry experience focused on lyric writing and developing songs more deeply. The retreat will take place on April 17-19, 2020. Instructors will be Anna TivelTom Kimmel and lil ol me and I am thrilled to be running this workshop! Tom, Anna and I will do an in-the-round concert at the Belfry on Saturday, April 18. Concert tickets and workshop registration will be available beginning on January 8 at 10:00 a.m. Check it out here!
–Lessons in Sisters/Bend. In January I will begin offering private lessons is Sisters and Bend. I love working on songwriting, performance, singing, and beginning guitar. As of now I am mobile and I’m working on finding a room in Sisters I can use as home base for lessons. If you are interested or you know someone who might be, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.
The Lullaby Project. A program of the Oregon Symphony, The Lullaby Project pairs women songwriters with mothers and mothers-to-be who are experiencing housing insecurity to collaborate and write songs for their children. Conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, The Lullaby Project uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. We will record the songs with members of the Oregon Symphony and then have a concert performing all of the lullabies at The Old Church in Portland on April 28. Here is a beautiful video of my friend Bre Gregg and her experience with the Lullaby Project.
the making of a lullaby
Winterfolk. a concert on February 1 hosted by Tom May at the Alberta Rose Theatre to benefit JOIN PDX, an organization pledged to help folks find and maintain housing throughout the Portland metro area. With Tracy Grammer, Kate Power/ Steve Einhorn, Brooks Hill, Jim Page with Billy Oskay, Tom May and Friends, and Kim Stafford – poet laureate of Oregon.
–More poetry! I’ve got poems coming out my ears, y’all. So I’m working on the next book…stay tuned for more juicy details!
Singtime Frolics – I am so excited to be the guest artist/workshop leader at Portland Folk Music Society’s Singtime Frolics retreat the last weekend in March! Held at Menucha Conference and Retreat Center near Corbett, Oregon, we will enjoy a spring weekend of singing, jamming, learning and sharing.
Stand and Sway What a wild ride it was for us releasing our debut album and touring all over the place with our duo! We are taking a little breather to figure out what’s next, but we’ve got a couple wonderful shows on the books in 2020: On Feb 21 we will play at the Walters Cultural Arts Center 2019-20 Concert Series in Hillsboro, OR. And in July we are stoked to be a part of the Telluride Songwriters Festival.
–Phenomenal Woman. This collabration show is truly phenomenal and I’m looking forwrad to doing more in 2020! We are playing at the in Lake Oswego in May, and working on other venues.
–Nature of Gratitude. Another beautiful collaboration that keeps expanding and growing in delightful ways. We have an event scheduled in Bend in May and I will share more details as they come. We’re hoping to expand to other regional venues.
Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp & Folk Festival – We will gather again August 11-14 at beautiful Harris Bridge Vineyard for a week of songwriting fun among the beautiful vines and by the cool river. Clara Baker and I will be co-leading song camp again, and we are thrilled to build on what we started last year with Nathan and Amanda and the Harris Bridge family. This is a week of community, fun, creative exploration, and retreat from the busy world in one of the most beautiful spots in the Willamette Valley!
Sisters Folk Festival – My favorite week of the year! In September, we will gather at Caldera, one of the most spectacular and inspirational spotsw outside of Sisters for the Americana Song Academy (a/k/a “Song Camp”) for three and a half magical days of music and community making! And then from Sep 11-13 is Sisters Folk Festival, my all-time favorite festival – a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass and beyond. I am so honored to be involved as the staff director at song camp and the leader of the Sunday morning Community Celebration at the fest!
Well I guess I wrote my first Christmas song, y’all! You can take a listen here if ya like…
love is love (christmas eve song)
 We had so much fun at the Open Door at Acsension and the best part was playing a few tunes with the great Bryan Daste
 
 love this pic that Bob snapped from outside looking in…
 
 
We had such a blast with our annual Eugene Caldera Songwriters holiday concert and benefit for Egan Warming Center! The generous folks of Eugene contributed over $1600 for Egan Warming Center and boatloads of warm things! Special thanks to Scott and Tsunami Books for being our gracious hosts! 
 
 
 This pretty much sums up my whole year. I’m in love!
 
Warmest wishes for the new year from me and Bailey!! May it be filled with light, joy, music, friends, love.
My heart is full of gratitude for you. Can’t wait to see you in 2020. Your fan,
Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

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December news is here…who brought the eggnog?

Hello, December…

Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

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where’s the egg nog?

 (thank you to Norm Eder for the aweosme pics from Phenomenal Woman in Portland!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I’m staring out the window of my new home at a snowy, peaceful scene. So much to be grateful for! I hope you had a wonderful, easeful Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe December is here! I only have a few events left to round the year out, but they will all be wonderful. Here’s what’s coming up…

Fri, Dec 6 – The Nature of Gratitude @ Opal Center for Arts & Education – Cottage Grove, OR. 513 E Main St. The Nature of Gratitude, an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This year’s theme of exploration is “Returning.” Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. the event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, internationally renowned vocalist Halie Loren. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur, Charles Goodrich and Charles Mattoon will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; Eric Alan, photographer and author of Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and the forthcoming Grateful by Nature; and Michele Rose and Fyona Rose from the Opal Center Trashion Show. 

Sat, Dec 7 – Open Door Songwriter Series at the Historic Ascension Episcopal Chapel‏ – Portland, OR. 1823 SW Spring St. This family-friendly event begins at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner and continues with a performance in Ascension Chapel’s Reinhart Hall. Bring a dish and a beverage to share. (Make that a pot of chili and we’ll have a chili cook-off!) RSVP requested. Email your RSVP to Bob at rthoward@me.com. Potluck dinner at 5:30 pm/Music at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. $15 suggested donation per person at the door.

 Thu, Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude @ The Arts Center – Corvallis, OR. 700 SW Madison Ave. Hosted by the Spring Creek Project. We’re partnering again this autumn with local authors Eric Alan and Tom Titus to present The Nature of Gratitude, a unique program that brings us together as a community to explore and reflect on the many things for which we are grateful. Several presenters will share music, stories, poems, and photography. The event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, and a special surprise musical guest. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; and Eric Alan, photographer and author of the forthcoming Grateful by Nature. Nature of Gratitude is free, and everyone is welcome. This year’s theme is “Returning,” and in line with the theme, we’ll be accepting donations to support Oregon State University’s new “Food for Thought” program, which recaptures quality food that might have otherwise been composted and repackages it for distribution to low-income, OSU students who are experiencing food insecurity.

Fri, Dec 13 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. Caldera Songwriters’ Circle 8th Annual Egan Warming Center Benefit. An evening of community, celebration and song to benefit Egan Warming Center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul. Requested donation $5-20. Also Donation of goods: clean, warm hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, pillows, socks and toiletries greatly appreciated. Line-up includes: BW, Still Thinking, Cross Current, Laura Golden, Carl Falsgraf, Do Mi Stauber, Wandering Thyme, Katie Sontag, Kathy Marshall, Paul Neville, Robert Boyce, Julia O’Reilly, Dave Taylor, Ron Selfridge, Rudolf Korv, Annie Heron, and Art Willey.

1. GRATITUDE…Thank you so much to all these fine folks for making November so dreamy: Bre Gregg and all the amazing artists in the Phenomenal Woman show, The Columbia Center for the Arts, Wayne Richards and Naomie Laviolette and all at Wayne’s World Coffeehouse, Alberta Rose Theatre, Jack and family, T and Chris and Gia and Misti and Renee and friends, Eric Alan and Tom Titus and the Nature of Gratitude Family, Artichoke Musi, Gentle Thunder, Kitty and Rob and friends!

2. THE NEWS…What an absolute blast we had with the Phenomenal Woman shows in Hood River and Portland! Big thanks to all who came out and supported those shows. It is such a fun concept and the good news is we are working on more venues and more dates for this collaboration show celebrating women songwriters! We are looking for performing arts centers within driving distance of Portland, so holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you know a place?

Speaking of collaborations, the Nature of Gratitude event at Artichoke Music was pure magic. It is such a soul-filling way to spend an evening in community and in celebration of nature and gratitude. This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ and the good news is that there are two more offerings coming up. We’re thrilled to be at the Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove and The Arts Center in Corvallis. The abundance of talent and heart is overwhelming…flute master Gentle Thunder, Halie Loren, Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich, and authors Tom Titus and Eric Alan. Rumor has it Bailey Pants may even make a public appearance, woop!

And one of my favorite collaborations happens on Dec 13 in Eugene at our 8th annual Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center! Hard to believe we have been at it this long. Egan Warming Centers perform life-saving work in the Eugene/Springfield communities and we are delighted to raise money and warm things for this wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. I hope you’ll come celebrate friendship, song, and the season with us at Eugene’s favorite community living room, Tsunami Books! 

Aaaand, my last solo show of the year (and for a little while) is coming up in Portland on Dec 7 at the Open Door Songwriter series at Ascension Chapel. This is such a sweet venue and all ages are welcome. It’s  a potluck (chili cookoff!) and we get started early arond 5:30 so you can bring the family! I’m excited to return to this sweet space and community.

Here’s something fun! My friends Lisa and Loren Skyhorse, amazing leather artists and owners of Skyhorse Saddles in Durango, CO, have come out with this short video about their new work with a Stand and Sway song as the backdrop! It’s always an honor when someone chooses your song! 

skyhorse saddles -

3. RANDOM PICS… you know I can’t help it y’all.

oh man we had so much fun doing the Phenomenal Woman shows!


I had a blast getting to play piano in the band.


here is the whole crew! such an amazing band.


we had so much fun at Artichoke Music at the Nature of Gratitude event…we all left with hearts full of poetry, music, wonder and gratitude. 


such a lovely evening playing a house concert with the great Gentle Thunder!


and look who came with me to Paulina Springs book store open mic in Sisters?


Snow, whaaaaaat?!


4. THE FUTURE…I am wishing you the fullness of this holiday season without the stress we so often encounter along with it. May you remember you are loved and held and seen. You might fall behind on your list of things to do, you might be too tired to bake that pie. You might even feel empty this time of year. And you are still loved and held and seen. May we all remember the outrageous gift of each new day, each new year! 

As this year closes out, I look forward to turning inward, to set my intentions on writing and searching and seeking and cultivating the patience to watch what will unfold in the coming year. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season. I am, as always, ever grateful for you. Your fan, 

Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

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DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Jan 16 – Granite Folk Society w/David Stoddard – St Cloud, MN

Jan 17 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Jan 18 –  House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 1 – Winterfolk – Portland, OR

 Feb 21 – Stand and Sway @ Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro, OR

Mar 27-29 – Portland FolkMusic Society’s Singtime Frolics – Corbett, OR